Name: Devon Clarke
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.
High School: Osceola
2018 stats: Clarke played in the first three games of the year, however missed the rest of the season with an injury. He was looking like a solid member of the kickoff coverage team and a solid rotational defensive back.
2019 projections: Right now, Clarke is the listed backup at strong safety behind Evan Foster. Clarke’s got the size and profile to fit the current system, however Foster is a senior with a 25-game starting streak going. Clarke should get plenty of time on special teams, and work as rotational safety (which there will likely be plenty of).
How’d he get here?: Clarke really wanted to wear orange, previously committing to Oregon State. However, he re-opened his recruitment and signed his LOI with the Syracuse Orange.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Did you guess three stars? Because you’d be right!
Money quote: Our good friends at the Orlando Sentinel caught up with Clarke after the win versus Florida State.
“This right here was just a wake-up call to all the other teams to tell them that this ain’t the same old Syracuse,” Clarke said. “We’ve got some fight in us. We got some dawg in us.”
Twitter feed: @wolf_gangclarke
Tweets of wonder: Feel like I’m gonna RT this a bunch this season.
We not the browns ♂️— D£VON• (@wolf_gangclarke) June 22, 2019
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: It’s not football, but I haven’t dropped “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid and the half-man from Two and Half Men. It’s a great sports redemption story and Clarke is going to need to overcome his injury and be a key contributor for the Orange during the rest of his Orange career.
Let’s get a look at ya: Let’s hope we get to see lots of this on the field.